On the 21 June 2021 the Insolvency Service published a press release concerning a recent prosecution at Taunton Crown Court in relation to offences committed by Jane Goodfellow and Clare Watts both connected to The Yeovil Wine Vaults Ltd.

Helen Holder of Kangs Solicitors outlines the circumstances. 

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Jane Goodfellow was disqualified from being a company director for eleven years from March 2006 as the result of her involvement in Peaceflight Ltd which was liquidated in 2003.

Upon the winding up of Yeovil Wine Flights Ltd in March 2017 evidence was obtained by the Insolvency Service which indicated that Goodfellow was acting as an unofficial director of the company and was the main decision maker, signing company cheques, dealing with wages and taking control of day-to-day administration. 

Goodfellow pleaded guilty to acting as a director whilst disqualified and carrying on business under a prohibited name and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for eighteen months and she was also further disqualified from being director for an additional ten years.  

Clare Watts, the registered director, was charged with carrying on a business under a prohibited name was sentenced to twelve weeks imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, and she signed an Undertaking resulting in her being disqualified from acting as a company director for seven years.

Glenn Wicks, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service, said:

‘Jane Goodfellow was well aware of the restrictions she faced as a disqualified director. Despite this, she played an important part in the running of The Yeovil Wine Vaults Ltd. While Clare Watts was listed as director, she let Jane Goodfellow act as one in all but name despite knowing of her lengthy ban.

This sentence shows that we will not hesitate to take action against directors who do not follow the rules when it is appropriate to do so and both defendants have been removed from the business environment for a lengthy period.’

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